Interstate 80 stretches over 450 miles across Nebraska with plenty of travel stops along the way. Although Nebraska is known as one of the flyover I find the drive and scenery to be absolutely breath taking. It’s the perfect drive for de-stressing and enjoying nature at its finest.
Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. Sure to catch your eye along I-80 is Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. The Archway stretches over and above I-80.
Upon entering the parking lot to the Archway you’ll immediately be taken back in time from the Oregon Trail era through today. The exhibit tells the story of the adventurers who followed the Great Platte River Road and helped to build America.
When I entered the building I was greeted by a man in authentic historical clothing who played his part amazingly. It immediately took you back in time as he spoke and you saw the incredibly detailed exhibits ahead.
After you’ve gotten your ticket you’ll be given a device to play historical audio you can listen to at each corresponding exhibit. The staff is very thorough in sanitizing the devices and hand sanitizer stations are set up throughout the exhibit.
The exhibits are stunning and you’ll be in awe of how life-like they appear.
The Archway is a tribute to the adventurers who traveled the Great Platte River Road though Nebraska and helped to build America. Spend an hour or an afternoon at the Archway. You can move through it at whatever speed you like.
My son and I love learning about all the incredible history this country has to offer.
Nebraska Firefighters Museum. You’ll find this neat museum next door to the Archway. You’ll get to see some neat old fire trucks, equipment and memorial. It’s supported by the many fire companies throughout Nebraska and the perfect stop to learn more about some of these brave men and women.
Golden Spike Tower. One of my favorite stops along I-80 was the Golden Spike Tower, offering guests a bird’s eye view of the World’s Largest Classification Yard.
There’s more trains than you can keep track of at this train yard.
Be sure you pay the small fee to take the elevator up to the 7th and 8th floors to learn more about the history of the tower and Bailey Yard. You’ll also get the most amazing view!
On the 8th floor you’ll be greeted by the amazing volunteers – many of whom are retired railroad employees!
You’ll get a bird’s eye view as you watch the taking apart and rebuilding of trains. The sound of all the trains taking off or screeching to a halt is incredible.
Lodgepole Depot Museum and Pony Express Marker. Just east of Sidney you’ll find the small town of Lodgepole. Be sure to check out the Lodgepole Depot Museum where you’ll find historical items and unique collections from Lodgepole’s early days. Starting in the 1860’s at St. Joseph, Missouri, stretching all the way to Sacramento, California the Pony Express could deliver a letter faster than ever before. In Sidney you’ll find the National Pony Express Monument.
Camp Lookout Fort Sidney.
Cabela’s World Headquarters. When you’re passing through Sidney make a stop at the Cabela’s which is also home to their world headquarters. Cabela’s offers a truly unique shopping experience for outdoor enthusiasts and their families.
Not only will you find everything you need for hunting, fish and the outdoors, but they also offer a wide variety of clothing and home decor.
The Cabela’s in Sidney also offers a campground for those passing through or to stay and enjoy a few days. You’ll find all the amenities of home along with a children’s playground and even a turn out if you’re traveling with horses.
Directly outdoors and in front of the Cabela’s is the National Pony Express Monument. The monument is beautiful done complete with informative plaques and flags. Great place to learn more about the history of the Pony Express.
Grub. There’s plenty of great restaurants along I-80 whether you’re looking for something quick or to dine in. My favorite hands down was the Margarita’s in Kearney. Some of the best close to authentic I’ve had. I got the mixed fajitas and an original margarita. Highly recommended! Be sure to stop at a Runza fast food restaurant, which originated in Nebraska, and try one of their Runza sandwiches. Delicious!
If you’re traveling along I-80 in Nebraska, on your way to Wyoming or Colorado, be sure to take a moment and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It is home to thousands of hard working farmers and they are a big reason you’re getting to travel and enjoy so many things you get to enjoy with your families. Keep your eyes peeled for one of the Busch Light combines featuring the corn, a salute to the American Farmer.